Menard County Sheriff's Office

  • Agency: Menard County Sheriff's Office
  • Address: 315 South Sixth Street, Petersburg, 62675 IL
  • Chief:
Phone: (217) 632-2273
Fax: (217) 632-3952

Menard County Sheriff's Office is located at 315 South Sixth Street, Petersburg, 62675 IL. The Menard County Sheriff's Office phone number is (217) 632-2273.

Menard County Sheriff's Office News

Update from the US National Weather Service Central Illinois regarding the potential tonight for our first accumulating snow of the season. If this forecast holds true, please use caution and give yourself extra time if traveling tonight or tomorrow morning. The first snow of the year is usually an eventful one for us, and we hope you won’t have to be a part of it! 😉👍🏻❄️

On Saturday, October 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Menard County Sheriff's Office, Athens Police Department, Greenview Police Department, in conjunction with the Menard County Partnership for Safety and Wellness, and the U. S. Drug Enforcement Administration will give the public its 16th opportunity in eight years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your pills for disposal to the Menard County Jail, Athens City Hall, and Greenview Village Hall. (The DEA cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches.) The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. Last spring Americans turned in nearly 475 tons (949,046 pounds) of prescription drugs at more than 5,800 sites operated by the DEA and almost 4,700 of its state and local law enforcement partners. Overall, in its 15 previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in almost 10 million pounds—nearly 5,000 tons—of pills. This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health shows year after year that the majority of misused and abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including someone else’s medication being stolen from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards. For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the October 27 Take Back Day event, go to www.DEATakeBack.com

Our agency will be conducting night time firearms training at our firearms range on Sunny Acres Rd. tonight, Thursday night, and Friday night. We wanted to make you aware if you reside in the area or are in the area and hear shots and see emergency lighting, it is for training purposes only. Thank you.

The Menard County Sheriff’s Office is currently accepting applications for Part-Time Corrections Officer/911 Telecommunicator positions. Requirements: U.S. Citizen 18 Years of Age to Apply Valid Driver’s License High School Diploma or GED Graduate No felony or certain misdemeanor convictions from any jurisdiction Requires working knowledge of Microsoft Windows and Office. Multitasking is a necessity. Map reading is required. Ability to remain calm under extremely stressful situations while making rapid and sound independent decisions is crucial. Must possess effective oral and written communication skills and exercise patience with callers who may be emotionally distraught, intoxicated, or difficult to understand. Memorization of codes, names, locations, and other detailed information is required. Must communicate tactfully with residents, public safety personnel, and coworkers. Applications may be obtained by going to the Menard County Courthouse, Sheriff's Administrative Office at 102 S. 7th, Petersburg, IL, between the hours of 08:30AM-04:30PM, or you may call (217) 632-4458 for more information. Menard County is an equal opportunity employer.

CassComm will be doing GPS locations and addressing poles in Menard County. The employees will be driving a silver and white truck with markings that say CassComm and Finley Engineering. This will be going on over the next several days.

Please feel free to join us tomorrow at the Menard County Courthouse for this event. See the press release below for details!

Update regarding the suspicious red vehicle taking photos in neighborhoods. We have identified the vehicle and spoken with the individual who was driving it during the incidents which were reported. The individual is employed by a company from northern IL which buys properties that are sold on county tax sales. He is not a county employee, nor affiliated with Menard County in any way. We did verify that the company is legitimate and did purchase tax sale properties in Menard County. We have spoken with this individual and his company. We advised them that in the future they should notify our office when he is in the area taking photos of properties that are being sold at tax sale, so that we can let the public know if they report the activity. We also advised them NOT to go on anyone else's private property when doing so. If you have any further questions or concerns, please contact Chief Deputy Ben Hollis at 217-632-4458.

An active shooter drill will be held at PORTA elementary school today starting at 12:45. Several police units from various agencies along with Fire/EMS units will be on scene participating in the drill. There will be some road closures on Madison and Monroe. The drill should conclude by 3:30.

On September 26th, 2018, federal, state, and local authorities combined forces in Menard County, in an effort to verify 24 registered sex offenders throughout Menard County. Deputies/Agents from the United States Marshals Service, Illinois State Police, Illinois Attorney General’s Office, Illinois Department of Corrections-Parole, and Menard County Sheriff’s Office participated in this multi-jurisdictional compliance operation “DUBBED” Operation Clean Sweep. The main focus of this initiative was to locate and verify every registered sex offender residing in the county for the purpose of ensuring compliance in accordance with the United States Marshals Service mandate of the Adam Walsh Child Protection Safety Act of 2006. A total of 24 sex offenders were targeted to ensure their addresses and employment were correctly reported. These are the results. • 24 Total sex offenders (3 juvenile offenders, 21 child sex offenders) • 1 Sex offender was determined to be living out of state. This offender was correctly registered in this jurisdiction • 1 Sex offender was recently incarcerated • 1 Sex offender was out of compliance (vehicle/social media) and was forced to update his registration • 13 Sex offenders were determined to be compliant • 8 Offenders were not present during the verification detail. Follow-up will be conducted by the Menard County Sheriff's Office. Conducting multi-jurisdictional operations such as this is a great way for all agencies to work effectively together, avoiding duplication of effort. We must continue to be proactive in ensuring the safety of all residents in Menard County. These compliance checks are necessary in achieving our goal of 100% total compliance. When non-compliance is detected, enforcement action shall be taken immediately.

Tiana Mullen and her daughter have both been found safe and sound. We thank everyone for sharing the post and all of the information you provided us.

The boil order for the city of Petersburg has been lifted. 🚰

Per the Petersburg Police Department, the corporate limits of Petersburg is under a boil order until further notice.

The special needs 23 year-old male that was reported missing near Smith Ave. and Cass County Line Rd. has been located and is safe. A special thanks to Petersburg Rural Fire and Menard County Rescue Squad for their assistance.

WARNING FROM THE SHERIFF’S OFFICE Sheriff Mark Oller would like to warn Menard County residents to be aware of recent scams targeting residents in the county. You may have received or heard of someone receiving fraudulent calls from individuals claiming to be representatives of the Internal Revenue Service. These fraudulent callers inform people they owe money to the I.R.S. and will be arrested if they do not satisfy the debt immediately. The most recent scam reported to the sheriff’s office was received via U.S. Mail. The complainant received a letter informing them they had allegedly won a drawing. These mailings include a check payable to the addressee which include instructions in the letter advising them that more checks will follow. The checks appear to be valid and include the names of two financial companies. However, both the check and all accompanying documentation were fraudulent and were attempts to defraud the addressee of money. Sheriff Oller would like to remind you to NEVER give out personal information such as credit card numbers, bank account numbers, driver’s license numbers, or your Social Security numbers. Sheriff Oller provides these simple tips to avoid telemarketing and other scams: do not talk to telemarketers; use an answering machine or voicemail to screen calls; telemarketers generally will not leave a message; only answer calls from phone numbers that you recognize; and hang up if there is a long hesitation before someone responds. Telemarketers make several calls at a time and talk to the first person who answers. Sheriff Oller says there are some tricks scammers like to use and if you know what to look for it can help you avoid these scams: • “You must pay to win.” (cashier’s check, money order wired, or personally picked up.) • “You must decide NOW.” • “We need your credit card number.” • “The initial investment will be well worth the risk” or “You’ll regret it later if you don’t”. • “We do not provide written information or references.” • “You’re stupid if you don’t do this.” (humiliation and put-downs used to change your mind.) • “The promise or prize is in the mail.” (which is never delivered.) If you are a victim you can report fraud to local law enforcement or the Illinois Attorney General’s Office.

.A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 1000 PM CDTFOR SOUTHEASTERN MENARD AND NORTHWESTERN SANGAMON COUNTIES AT 914 PM CDT, A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WAS LOCATED NEAR PLEASANT PLAINS, OR 12 MILES NORTHWEST OF SPRINGFIELD, MOVING SOUTHEAST AT 15 MPH. HAZARD...60 MPH WIND GUSTS AND QUARTER SIZE HAIL. SOURCE...RADAR INDICATED. IMPACT...HAIL DAMAGE TO VEHICLES IS EXPECTED. EXPECT WIND DAMAGE TO ROOFS, SIDING, AND TREES. LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE SPRINGFIELD, SHERMAN, ATHENS, WILLIAMSVILLE, PLEASANT PLAINS, SPAULDING, CURRAN, CANTRALL, SALISBURY

Special Weather Statement National Weather Service Lincoln IL 834 PM CDT THU AUG 16 2018 ILZ047-048-170200- Menard-Cass- 834 PM CDT THU AUG 16 2018 ...SIGNIFICANT WEATHER ADVISORY FOR WESTERN MENARD...NORTHWESTERN SANGAMON AND EAST CENTRAL CASS COUNTIES UNTIL 900 PM CDT... At 833 PM CDT, Doppler radar was tracking a strong thunderstorm near Tallula, or 15 miles east of Virginia, moving east at 15 mph. Dime size hail and wind gusts up to 50 mph will be possible with this storm. Locations impacted include... Petersburg, Tallula, Newmansville, Lincolns New Salem and Atterberry. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... Torrential rainfall is also occurring with this storm, and may lead to localized flooding. Do not drive your vehicle through flooded roadways. Frequent cloud to ground lightning is occurring with this storm. Lightning can strike 10 miles away from a thunderstorm. Seek a safe shelter inside a building or vehicle.

Please see the notice below from the Menard County Highway Department: Motorists may encounter minor traffic delays on various roads in Menard County, beginning on Monday, July 23, 2018, due to the start of road oiling. Crews will begin chip sealing work in the Oakford area and work their way around the county for the next 4 to 6 weeks. Motorists are asked to slow down and pay attention when they encounter the chip sealing crew. Delays should be minimal through the moving work zone. Work should be completed by the end of August if weather cooperates.

The National Weather Service has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Watch for a large portion of Illinois until 8:00pm this evening. Please monitor conditions and media outlets for further information. We will post any updates as we receive them. Thank you!

The Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Menard County now expires at 3:15PM.

Menard County is under a Severe Thunderstorm Warning until 2:45.

Menard County is under a severe thunderstorm warning until 1:15PM.

On Friday evening, 06/01/18, the Menard County Sheriff’s Office, along with the Petersburg, Athens, and Greenview Police Departments and the Illinois State Police, conducted a saturated patrol detail throughout Menard County. The main focus of this detail was criminal drug interdiction, and Illinois State Police K-9 units were utilized for this purpose. This detail resulted in multiple arrests and numerous traffic citations being issued. All agencies involved are pleased with the outcome of this detail and expect to conduct similar details throughout the summer. It is our goal to keep the citizens of Menard County safe and take illegal drugs off the streets. Anyone with information regarding illegal drug activity or any other type of criminal activity is encouraged to report it to the Menard County Sheriff’s Office at 217-632-2273 or Crimestoppers of Sangamon & Menard Counties at 217-788-8427. You may also provide tips and information online via the website for Sangamon/Menard Crimestoppers at www.cashfortips.us.

The Athens Blacktop is now open for normal traffic.

Athens Blacktop is closed between Tice Rd. and Snyder Rd. due to a tree damaging power lines and a fiber optic cable. CassComm is reporting that the fiber optic may take several hours to repair. The road will remain closed until the repair is completed. Please choose an alternate route until further notice.